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September Observances

Use these graphics on your social media platforms in support of other September themes and observances. Below is a calendar of observances for all of September.

VJ Day (September 2)

VJ Day August 15

Suggested social media message: On this #VJDay, which marks the formal surrender of Japan in World War II, we thank all service members who sacrificed their lives defending democracy and freedom around the world. 

Labor Day (September 5)

Labor Day

Suggested social media message: Today, the #MHS recognizes and celebrates the social and economic achievements of our service members across the Armed Forces and all workers in the United States. #LaborDay

Patriot Day (September 11)

Patriots Day

Suggested social media message: 21 years ago today, on 9/11, our country experienced one of the most tragic events in its history. #WeRemember911 and we will #NeverForget all the brave and heroic individuals who sacrificed their lives that day. 

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15)

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Suggested social media message: This Hispanic Heritage month, the #MHS celebrates the achievements and contributions of Hispanic service members throughout history and today. Thank you for your continued service to our country and for all that you do to keep us safe in the world. #HispanicHeritageMonth: 

National POW/MIA Recognition Day (September 16)

POW Recognition Day

Suggested social media message: Today on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, @DeptofDefense  remembers and honors those Americans who were prisoners of war and those who served and never returned home.#YouAreNotForgotten #POWMIARecognitionDay

Air National Guard Birthday (September 18)

 Air National Guard Birthday

Suggested social media message: Happy 75th Birthday to the Air National Guard. We recognize and honor your contributions and sacrifices to our great nation.@AirNatlGuard @AFMS

U.S. Air Force Birthday (September 18)

Air Force Birthday

Suggested social media message: Happy 75th Birthday to the United States Air Force. Thank you to all who have served and made sacrifices. Know that we recognize and honor your bravery every day. #USAF75 @AFMS

Gold Star Mothers Day (September 25)

Gold Star Mothers

Suggested social media message: On, #GoldStarMothers Day, we recognize and honor all the mothers who have endured the unfathomable loss of a son, daughter, brother or sister  in service to our nation. We reflect and honor your great sacrifice.  

Childhood Obesity Month

  Prevent Childhood Obesity

Suggested social media message: It’s tough raising a kid while you or your spouse serve in the military. So many things to worry about, including making sure your kids are fit and healthy. Help your kids stay healthy by encouraging them to eat nutritious foods and to exercise regularly. 
#ActivePeople #ChildObesityPrevention

Sexual Health Awareness Month

 Infectious Disease Screenings

Suggested social media message: DYK? You can get a Sexually Transmitted Infection at any age. It's important to talk to your doctor about testing. Learn more about STIs and other infectious disease screenings TRICARE covers:  #PreventSTIs #TalkTestTreat #TalkTestTreatReady

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian Cancer Screenings

Suggested social media message : According to the CDC, ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Learn about risks, symptoms, screenings, and diagnoses here: #OvarianCancer #WomensHealth

Healthy Aging Month

Healthy Aging Month

Suggested social media message: DYK? There are many factors that support healthy aging, including healthy lifestyle, your community involvement, managing health conditions, and more. Learn more:  #HealthyAging

National Recovery Month

 National Recovery Month

Suggested social media message: Thank you to all health care providers across the #MHS making a difference in the lives of service members recovering from substance abuse and mental illness. Your work makes a huge difference in the lives of your patients and their families.  #RecoveryMonth

National Yoga Month 

 September is National Yoga Awareness Month

Suggested social media message: Why not sign up to take a yoga class this month to learn how to keep you mind and body fit to help you stay mission ready? The class can teach you techniques to reduce stress, relax your mind, and boost performance. 

Newborn Screening Awareness Month

 Newborn Screening Month

Suggested social media message: DYK? According to the CDC, #NewbornScreening identifies conditions that can affect a child’s long-term health or survival. Early detection, diagnosis, and intervention can prevent death or disability and enable children to reach their full potential. 

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer Awareness

>Suggested social media message: Should you get screened for prostate cancer? The answer is: YES. Talk to your doctor about screening and testing. Learn more about risks, symptoms, and screening information #ProstateCancerAwarenessMonth 

National Concussion Awareness Month

Concussion Awareness Day

Suggested social media message: If you’re experiencing headaches, irritability, fatigue, blurred vision, dizziness, or having concentration or memory difficulties, schedule a check-up with your medical provider. You can also download the “Signs and Symptoms Following Concussion/Mild TBI” Fact Sheet at 

National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month

Suggested social media message: Stay ready for the unexpected. Have an emergency plan in place to keep you and your family safe in case of a disaster. Assemble a disaster emergency kit, including flashlights, radios, batteries, first aid kit. Get more information on disaster preparedness at TRICARE:  

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Diversity in Health Care Focus of Hispanic Heritage Month Observance

Article Around MHS
Hispanic Heritage Month graphic

“You can’t just talk the talk when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI),” said Army veteran, Dr. Jennifer Peña. “You have to put that talk into action, and walk the walk.” Pena, a former physician in the White House Medical Unit under both the Obama and Trump administrations, shared these sentiments during an online panel discussion in observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 16.

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